Fifteen first-year nursing students at Kishwaukee College were the recipients of Littmann Stethoscopes from the Community Support Group at 3M. Jon Pruitt and Donna Engh, co-chairs of the 3M Community Support Group, were on campus on Sept. 10 to award the stethoscopes to the students.
The nursing students who received Littmann stethoscopes are: Loretta Hughes, Aurora; Karen Mullis, Cortland; Ellyn Clark, Jaclyn Gaul, Megan Hayes, Vanessa Howell, Susan Hurm, George Jideonwo, Jessica Sullivan, and Alicia Velasquez, DeKalb; Kylie Kowalski, Elburn; April Letherman and Lindsay O’Hern, Kirkland; Melissa Bone, Shabbona; and Stefanie King, Sycamore.
The Community Support Group is the local arm of 3M that provides charitable assistance and support. Although the national 3M Corporation provides recognizable support in a variety of ways, including scholarships to Kishwaukee College and other educational institutions across the country, the Community Support Group is designed to be community-specific by volunteering, assisting, and donating in ways that are unique to the local community.
In 2010, 3M employee Mike Ryan, who was the chairman of the Community Support Group at the time, had suggested providing the Littmann stethoscopes to deserving Kishwaukee College nursing students. Ryan’s wife is an alumnus of the Kishwaukee College program, and he recalled the expense of purchasing the necessary equipment, including stethoscopes. The Littmann Stethoscope is manufactured by 3M and is considered the “Cadillac” of stethoscopes.
This fall marked the seventh semester visit to the Kishwaukee College campus for Pruitt and Engh to distribute the Littmann stethoscopes to deserving nursing students. They look forward to many more visits in the future to assist the students who have chosen nursing as their profession.
For more information on Kishwaukee College, visit www.kishwaukeecollege.edu; for more information on the 3M Corporation, visit www.3m.com.